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Jacobites. The 1745 Rebellion

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SilhouetteFact Book: John O'Sullivan

Born 1700. Died - not known.


John O'Sullivan was an Irishman who was a good friend of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Just like Lord George Murray, he was a very important man in the Jacobite army.

  • O' Sullivan's job was to organise the army and make sure it was fed and had weapons and was where it was supposed to be!
  • He did not like Lord George and they argued and fell out all the time
  • Many people blamed O' Sullivan for the Jacobite army being beaten at Culloden. O' Sullivan was a very experienced soldier, though, and he was good at his job!
  • O' Sullivan helped make one of the biggest decisions of the 1745 rising.
  • Lord George didn't want to fight on Culloden Moor because he thought the ground was too boggy and flat. Bonnie Prince Charlie thought Lord George was wrong. O' Sullivan agreed with the Prince and the battle went ahead. The Jacobites lost!
  • After the rising O'Sullivan escaped to France.


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